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SCALIA CHAMPIONED RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Catalyst March Issue 2016

The untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a setback for religious liberty; he was one of its greatest defenders. We are happy to report that Bill Donohue came to his defense right at the start of the new year. In a speech before Catholic youth in Louisiana, Scalia said that the Constitution was never meant to be neutral about religion.... [Read more...]

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY FRIGHTENS SECULARISTS

Catalyst March Issue 2016

January 16 was Religious Freedom Day, a day that most Americans are proud to support. There were some, however, who were frightened by it. Frederick Clarkson was frightened. He is the author of When Exemption is the Rule: The Religious Freedom Strategy of the Christian Right,an analysis of Christian legal organizations and their impact on society. His... [Read more...]

A TOUGH TIME FOR SECULARISTS

Catalyst March Issue 2016

In Kentucky recently, a federal judge ruled that the state could not deny a sales tax rebate to a Christian group, Answers in Genesis (AiG) for a theme park it is constructing featuring a life-size Noah’s Ark replica. To deny it would amount to pressuring AiG “to give up its religious beliefs, purpose or practice in order to receive a government... [Read more...]

VATICAN REMOVES SHADY PANEL MEMBER

Catalyst March Issue 2016

The Vatican has announced that Peter Saunders, one of two representatives of abuse victims on its Commission for the Protection of Minors, has been suspended from the commission. Saunders refuses to go quietly, however, saying only Pope Francis can dismiss him from the commission—even though, by his own statement, the commission’s vote to suspend... [Read more...]

NEBRASKA BISHOPS RIP GENDER IDEOLOGY

Catalyst March Issue 2016

Recently, a statement was issued by Nebraska bishops opposing a gender identity policy pushed by a state organization. The Nebraska National School Activities Association had recently voted—against the express will of a majority of its districts—to allow transgender participation in high school sports and other activities. The three Nebraska Catholic... [Read more...]

COVERING UP FOR ACT UP

Catalyst March Issue 2016

New York Times reporter James Barron recently wrote a story about former Senate majority leader George Mitchell being named the grand marshal of this year’s New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He mentioned that a gay group led by Brendan Fay is being allowed to march in this year’s parade. He recounted how much has changed since a gay... [Read more...]

OSCAR VOTERS LACK DIVERSITY

Catalyst March Issue 2016

Al Sharpton is angry that for two years in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not nominate any black actors. “Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains,” he said, “the higher up you get the whiter it gets.” He added that Hollywood has a “fraudulent image of progressive and liberal politics and policies.” Is... [Read more...]

GOLDEN GLOBES’ REVEALING MOMENTS

Catalyst March Issue 2016

The Hollywood crowd has a great sense of humor about some things, but even those who delight in pushing the envelope have boundaries. TheWrap, which covers Hollywood, quoted Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais saying that “‘The Martian’, was a lot funnier than ‘Pixels,’ but then again, so was ‘Schindler’s List.'”... [Read more...]

CANDIDATES LOVE “GOD TALK”

Catalyst March Issue 2016

Looks like the presidential candidates all discovered “God talk.” This includes Bernie Sanders, a devout secularist. He eschews religious ties, though even he says, “I think everyone believes in God in their own way.” Hillary Clinton, who has never been known for her strong religious convictions, told a tiny group of Iowans that... [Read more...]

MAHER EQUATES ISIS WITH BIBLE

Catalyst March Issue 2016

During a recent episode of the HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher quoted Marco Rubio as saying, “We are clearly called by the Bible to adhere to our civil authorities, but that conflicts with our requirements to adhere to God’s rules. So when those two come into conflict, God’s rules always win.”... [Read more...]

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